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How to Work at Peak Productivity - and Avoid Squirrel Time

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Ever asked a colleague about an email or task, only to get sidetracked talking about something else entirely? At StellaPop we call these moments "squirrel time," after Doug the notoriously distractible dog in the film Up.

Not all squirrel time is bad. We all need a break every now and then, and sometimes squirrel time can result in valuable discussions or insights about a client, a task or a process. But how do you control squirrel time so that you don't go nuts?

Here's how we ensure that we stay on task and meet our deadlines - while still allowing for occasional office chit chat and discussion. 

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Topics: CEO Series, Management, Management Consulting

Great Leaders Let Their Employees Fail

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 25, 2019 7:58:00 AM

The words "fail" and "failure" can have many connotations. There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes on the approach to understanding failure.

The first is failure means you didn't do whatever you set out to do and you never will. It's a period at the end of a sentence.

The second is its proof you're working towards a goal that's worth achieving.

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Topics: CEO Series, Management

And Action! How to Give Actionable Feedback as a Leader

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 16, 2019 9:18:22 AM

As a leader, your team looks to you for answers and support. Being able to deliver clear, actionable feedback is a critical leadership skill - one that's both good for your team and good for your standing as a leader.

Here's how to deliver feedback that everyone can use to improve.

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Topics: CEO Series, Management

Coaches and CEOs: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Ask Questions To Win

Posted by Michael S OGrady on Jul 18, 2018 7:40:00 AM

If you're the head coach of a college or high school basketball team, it's safe to bet that you've probably had a few years coaching experience at a variety of levels. This is a true communication and leadership success story.
It all begins with one of the most successful college coaches who started as a newcomer to college coaching. He had never coached a national powerhouse high school team or a star-studded AAU program before he was hired to resurrect a storied D3 college basketball program. He will tell you about a coach doing it all. Scheduling games, running practices, mapping out strength and conditioning programs, arranging travel – private school coaches roll many responsibilities into one demanding job.

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Topics: CEO Series


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